Prince George, Feb 20 2017 – The province – and City of Prince George – have proclaimed February 20-24, 2017 Chamber of Commerce Week to recognize the unwavering commitment of your Prince George Chamber of Commerce in supporting local businesses, boosting economic development opportunities and providing vital resources for businesses in our community.
This week, for example, the Prince George Chamber is hosting two events. The first – tomorrow at 5pm – is an info session on its upcoming familiarization tour of India. The 10-day, all-inclusive trip is perfect for those looking to make international business connections, and those looking for safe, affordable group travel. Then on Thursday, the Chamber will help local businesses access apprentice training opportunities by hosting a “Business After 5” networking event with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). Professionals will meet up at 5pm at The Twisted Cork to learn more about ITA’s resources, and to get to know each other better. From networking to advocacy to group insurance, the Chamber helps local businesses grow and prosper.
The Prince George Chamber is also contributing on a provincial level as well. As a member of the BC Chamber network, we helped to create recommendations that were included in a new report by the Independent Commission on Tax Competitiveness. This report, which compiled suggestions on how to further enhance tax competitiveness for businesses in B.C., was presented to the Minister of Finance. Recommendations included a call for a made-in-B.C. value-added tax, a policy passed by the BC Chamber’s province-wide membership.
So as B.C. celebrates Chamber Week, don’t miss the opportunity to swing by your local Chamber, join in on some Chamber Week events, and celebrate the many ways that B.C.’s Chambers strengthen our communities by getting business done!
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For further details, please contact:
Camille MacDonald – Communications Coordinator, Prince George Chamber of Commerce
Prince George, BC – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is proud to bring two highly influential speakers to the city: Perrin Beatty and Ellis Ross.
Honourable Perrin Beatty is President and Chief Executive Officer of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. He is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, the media and the general public.
During his nine years as a Councillor with the Haisla Nation, Ellis Ross focused on Aboriginal rights and title and economic development issues. In 2011 he was elected Chief, holding the leadership position until last year, when he left to announce his candidacy with the BC Liberal Party in the upcoming provincial election. Canadian Business magazine named him one of the 50 Canadians who exert the most influence on the country’s business climate and community.
The 2017 Business Development Forum will focus on creating more collaborative relationships with First Nations. What is the future of BC’s natural resource sector? How can Prince George businesses tap into that potential? January 31 at the Ramada, 200 small- to medium-sized enterprises will be in attendance, to hear from Beatty, Ross, and several other speakers.
Chamber CEO Christie Ray is available for interviews. The Chamber is very excited to share news of this exciting development for this event, and for Prince George!
Camille MacDonald, Communications Coordinator
Prince George, November 8, 2016 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is planning its first familiarization tour of India in the fall of 2017. Following the success of their 2014 trip to China, the Chamber is offering an all-inclusive 10 day trip to the Indian cities of Delhi, Agra, Bharatpur and Jaipur with a departure date of September 21, 2017.
Travelers will experience such thrills as an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the streets of Delhi, sunset at the Taj Mahal, a tour of the majestic monuments at Amber Fort, and playful exchanges with the monkeys of Galta ji Temple. This fully escorted trip will offer Prince George and area residents an introduction to the people, history, culture, commerce and beauty of India. As an exclusive savings to Prince George Chamber members, the cost of the tour will be $2290 (per person on a twin sharing basis) all inclusive. Non- members may join the tour at the regular rate of $2440 (per person on a twin sharing basis).
Prince George, October 22, 2016 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce hosted their 2016 Business Excellence Awards tonight at the Civic Centre with more than 280 in attendance. The Business Excellence Awards is an annual event hosted by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce to celebrate excellence in ten traditional award categories as well as the third annual Hell Yeah Prince George Ambassador award which involves an online public vote. The Business Excellence Awards always takes place in October as part of the Small Business Month annual celebrations.
Prince George, October 5, 2016 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce sent three delegates to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM in Regina (Sept 17-19) where they presented two policy resolutions to the membership. While both resolutions were approved, the Chamber’s resolution entitled “Canada’s Small Airports and Access to ACAP Funding” met with 97% support, without amendment.
The airport funding resolution called for fair and open access to ACAP (Airport Capital Assistance Program) funds for all NAS (National Airports System) airports, including the Prince George Airport Authority, one of six airports currently excluded from accessing federal funding.
Prince George, September 21, 2016 – Prince George businesses will have the opportunity to become more energy efficient, improve local air quality, increase recycling, and reduce waste thanks to multi-year funding from CN.
CN’s Carbon Reduction Project for Business by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the University of Northern British Columbia, has already helped local businesses become more environmentally sustainable, while at the same time saving money. Primary sponsor CN, one of the largest employers in the Prince George area, has committed to funding the program for three more years.
PRINCE GEORGE, BC- The Business Excellence Awards Nominees Luncheon, hosted by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, was held this afternoon at the Coast Inn of the North. The top 4 nominees in each of the 11 award categories were revealed to an audience of more than 300 guests in attendance.
In the coming days, Chamber members will vote for their favourites during an online vote for 10 of the 11 award categories. The Hell Yeah Prince George Ambassador Award will be decided by an open online vote published through the Chamber’s Facebook page. Winners will be announced at the Business Excellence Awards Gala taking place on October 22 at the Prince George Civic Centre at 5:30pm. During today’s luncheon, this year’s gala theme was also revealed as ‘Back to the Awards’ playing off of the Back to the Future movie series.
Details on the individual award criteria can be found here: http://www.pgchamber.bc.ca/events/business-excellence-awards/
Prince George, BC – On July 6, 2016, the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and the Prince George Chamber of Commerce signed a partnership agreement to increase community and industry engagement in Prince George. The ITA and Chamber will work together to further engage employers, apprentices, and community members in conversations around skilled trades and increase participation in the apprenticeship system.
Prince George, June 3, 2016 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce’s four policy resolutions were adopted at this week’s BC Chamber of Commerce AGM. The four resolutions put forward by the Prince George Chamber address local business priorities that are also shared by other communities in the province.
Prince George, May 19, 2016 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is presenting three resolutions calling for renewed commitment to the forest industry in BC, updates to the BC Brownfield Renewal Strategy, and support for Canada’s small airports, among other recommendations, at the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Conference, May 29 – 31 in Kelowna. The local Chamber is sending three delegates to the AGM to participate in the AGM workshops and present the resolutions during policy debate sessions.